Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale

Lukas Ley, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia

Subjects: Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnology, Ethnography

EASA logoJournal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe.


Press Release: Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale will transition to Open Access in 2022

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 30 (2022): Issue 1 (Mar 2022)

SAAS 30.2 

Summer 2022 

Table of Contents 


Special Issue: Curious Utopias: Dreaming Big Again in the Twenty-first Century? 





Curious Utopias: Dreaming Big Again in the Twenty-first Century? 

Ruth Prince and Tom Neumark 

Shacktopia: The Meantime Future of Humanitarian Design 

Peter Redfield 

Vectoral Fieldsites:  Scales of Social Observation and Transformation in Development-Era Senegal 

Noémi Tousignant 

Beyond Failure: Bureaucratic Labour and the Will to Improve in Kenya’s Experiments with Universal Health Care  

Ruth Prince 

Policy as Experimentation: Failing ‘Forward’ Towards Universal Health Coverage in India 

Ursula Rao 

To Fail at Scale! Minimalism and Maximalism in Humanitarian Entrepreneurship  

Jamie Cross and Alice Street 

Algorithmic Intimacy: The Data Economy of Predatory Inclusion in Kenya 

Kevin P. Donovan and Emma Park 

Leapfrogging the Grid: Off-grid Solar, Self-reliance and the Market in Tanzania 

Thomas Neumark 

The Golden Passport ‘Russian’ Eutopia: Offshore Citizens in a Global Republic 

Theodoros Rakopoulos 


Book Reviews 

Volume 30 / 2022, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Aims & Scope

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale is the acclaimed Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe. While European in profile, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale has a global scope. It publishes key contributions by both established and up-and-coming anthropologists. As part of the intellectual vitality of the Journal, it also features exciting Forums and Debates, an annual Review Essay which discusses outstanding books in adjoining disciplines or in public debate from an anthropological point of view, and a thriving Book Reviews Section.

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale est la Revue-phare de l’Association Européenne des Anthropologues Sociaux, la principale organisation professionnelle pour anthropologues en Europe. De profil Européen, cette Revue parmi les meilleures dans le domaine a une portée mondiale. Elle publie des articles-clés dont les auteurs sont des anthropologues établis comme des talents prometteurs. La vitalité intellectuelle de la Revue est également assurée par des ‘Débats’ et Forums reguliers dédiés aux sujets contemporais, un ‘Article de Revue’ examinant des ouvrages exceptionnels de disciplines voisines ou d’intérêt public actuel d’un point de vue anthropologique, et une excellente section ‘Revue des Livres’.


Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Index (Royal Anthropological Institute)
  • Anthropological Literature (Harvard University)
  • BIAB: British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab online)
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Expanded Academic ASAP (GALE Cengage)
  • InfoTrac (GALE Cengage)
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection (ProQuest)
  • Psychology Collection (GALE Cengage)
  • PsycINFO/Psychological Abstracts (APA)
  • Social Science Premium Collection (ProQuest)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)
  • SocINDEX (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)


Lukas Ley, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia

Book Reviews Editor

Jeanne Kormina, Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, Russia

Assistant Editor

Lisa Pentaleri, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

EASA Editorial Board

Monica Heintz, University of Paris Nanterre, France
Mariya Ivancheva, University of Liverpool, UK
David Mills, University of Oxford, UK
Chandana Mathur, University of Maynooth, Ireland
Cris Shore, Goldsmiths University, London
Sharon Macdonald, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Fiona Murphy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

International Editorial Advisory Board

Adam Yet Chau, University of Cambridge, UK
Ammara Maqsood, University College London, UK
Andrew Dawson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Andrew Shryok, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Arne Harms, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Caitlin Zaloom, New York University, USA
Chris Gregory, Australian National University
Der-Ruey Yang, Nanjing University, China
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriella Coleman, McGill University, Canada
Gisela Welz, Goethe University, Germany
Hanna Cervinkova, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Hastings Donnan, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Helena Wulff, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hugh Gusterson, George Washington University, USA
Jean-Sébastien Marcoux, HEC Montréal, Canada
Josiah Heyman, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Martin Lamotte, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
Morten Axel Pedersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Nicholas de Genova, University of Houston, USA
Niko Besnier, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nitzan Shoshan, Colegio de México, Mexico
Olivier Allard, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
Paolo Favero, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Paul Wenzel Geissler, University of Oslo, Norway
Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarah Green, University of Helsinki, Finland
Segei Abashin, European University at St Petersburg, Russia
Sophie Chevalier, Universite de Franche-Comte, France
Stephen Campbell, University of Bergen, Germany
Susana Narotzky, University of Barcelona, Spain
Todd Sanders, University of Toronto, Canada
Victor Buchli, University College, London, UK
Yael Navaro, University of Cambridge, UK

For a list of previous editors, click here.

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting. 

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale is a refereed journal. Articles, which may be in English or French, should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Authors should submit their papers to Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale through Open Journals Systems (OJS).

To make an online manuscript submission, please visit

If for any reason you cannot use the online system, please contact the journal editors at

Articles should be no longer than 7000 words, including references and notes, but excluding the abstract. Articles may include an abstract in the language spoken in the main fieldsite. 

How to contact us

Technical questions? Contact the Assistant Editor at

Editors’ Questions? Please contact either:

Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, or
Lukas Ley,

Book Reviews questions? Please contact

Books for review can be sent to:
Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
School of Humanities, Tallinn University
Uus-Sadama 5
10120 Tallinn, Estonia

Publication Ethics Statement

Authors published in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Social Anthropology/Anthropology sociale publication ethics statement.

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